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The two reports highlight regional and country-specific concerns on addressing climate change and forests in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and in the Asia-Pacific region.

November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two working papers based on regional studies on forests and climate change.

“Forests and Climate Change in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” presents country reports that were prepared for an FAO workshop on “Climate change impacts on forest management in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” The papers provide a regional overview and country assessments. The regional overview describes: key ecological, socioeconomic and policy considerations; engagement in international climate change policy; and national responses to climate change. It highlights priorities on policy, forest management and research, development and education. This is followed by country assessments.

The study on “Forests and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region” provides assessments on impacts of climate change and adaptation options, highlighting adaptation needs, forest management options and estimations of adaptation costs. It then describes mitigation options from: reducing emissions from deforestation, afforestation and reforestation; conservation of natural forests; reduced emissions from forest degradation; substitution of harvested wood products; and improvements of fuelwood efficiency and supply. It outlines adaptation and mitigation synergies and tradeoffs, climate change policy and strategy options, financing and technology transfer, and regional and international collaboration. [Study on Asia-Pacific Region] [Report on Eastern Europe and Central Asia]

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